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Swansea, Blackpool, Yeovil and Bradford

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Premier League ~ Swansea build on impressive opening
Michael Laudrup continued his impressive start to life as Swansea City manager with a 3-0 win over newly-promoted West Ham. The Swans won 5-0 against QPR on the opening day of the season and have shown few signs of struggling since Brendan Rodgers left for Liverpool in the summer. This weekend the goals came from Angel Rangel, Danny Graham and another from Michu, who scored also scored twice at Loftus Road. It's the first time Swansea have won their opening two league games since 2005, when they beat Tranmere and Colchester in League One.

"There were some small changes with tactics but overall it's the same way we want to play, like Swansea did in the last four or five years," said Laudrup after the match. "One of the most important things, because we have a lot of small players, is to move the ball around and take good positions."

Championship ~ Blackpool romp to victory over Ipswich
Blackpool put six past Ipswich at Bloomfield Road to carry on their perfect start to the league season. Tom Ince took the plaudits for the Seasiders as he set up the first two goals before getting a double of his own and crossing in to Craig Cathcart for the fifth. Nouha Dicko completed the rout in the 90th minute. Ince has attracted a bid from Swansea, which was turned down.

Reports of a second bid were rubbished by Ian Holloway. "It's a total waste of time," he said. "The TV channel which that rumour came from is a fantastic watch, but I'd suggest our fans just watch what we are doing. The main man in Tom Ince's life is not me, it's his dad, and his dad and I have had a really good chat, I spoke to him last week. He's happy for me to teach his boy and teach his boy what he thinks he needs to learn. So Swansea can go up to a zillion million pounds if they want, they won't be getting him."

League One ~ Yeovil fly higher than ever before
Yeovil Town are top of a division for the first time since 2005, when they were promoted from League Two. It is also the highest position they have ever occupied in their 117-year history. The Glovers condemned Scunthorpe United to their third defeat in a row, winning 4-0 at Glanford Park. Keanu Marsh-Brown began the scoring just before half time with a low drive past Sam Slocombe in the Scunthorpe goal. The victory was made safe in the second half by goals from Reuban Reid and two late strikes by Gozie Ugwu, the Reading loanee.

"It's fantastic for our supporters up there," Yeovil manager Gary Johnson said. "They were singing 'top of the league' and I thought 'oh my god, not this early'. But anyway, we're there to be shot at, it's nice to be there and the lads have deserved their little bit of notoriety."

League Two ~ Bradford pile misery on AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon lost 5-1 to Bradford City just four days after they were hammered 6-2 at Burton Albion. All the goals at Valley Parade were scored in the first half, with Nahki Wells putting the Bantams in the lead after three minutes. Wimbledon didn't help themselves as Curtis Haynes-Brown sliced the ball into his own net, before Andrew Davies, Rory McArdle and James Hanson completed the win.

"There's a good spirit among the lads and a good mentality when you've got players like Gary Jones, who has got high standards," Bradford boss Phil Parkinson said. "He doesn't allow any sloppiness round him on the pitch. When you've got someone like that it spreads. He demands that from the players round him and I thought he was outstanding again. Some of our attacking play was of the highest order. Football is always about putting the ball in the back of the net and I firmly believe we have players capable of doing it." Tom Hocking

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